I know what having a busy schedule means. I have to juggle several things at the same time. Having a lot of commitments can help you with staying motivated because in the end of the day you can be proud of yourself that you were able to manage to do all things. However, there is also a big downside especially if you tend to be a perfectionist, like me. You start to pressure yourself too much and this only results in being your own obstacle.
Therefore, in order not to get yourself stressed out too much, I have 7 tips for you which may help you with organising your blog.
1. Blog Planner
I can’t emphasise this point enough. If you want some sort of schedule or be consistent with publishing your posts than you won’t get around using a blog planner. You can use either an electronic calendar or you buy yourself an agenda. It’s important that it, either way, contains a view of a full month because this enables you to get an overview very quickly. I started using a planner right from the start on. First I used Trello then I switched to my Google calendar until I came back to Trello. This free web application is a great way to organise your posts, add tasks and even label them with different colours. As you may already see, I’m way too lazy to add the tasks and label my posts correctly. However, if you are interested in Trello here’s a great explanation on how to use it for your blog planner.
This tip is for collecting all your ideas by writing them down immediately. Of course, you can also type your flash of thought into your phone but I prefer having a little booklet which I carry along with me. This helps you a lot with not forgetting all the great blog posts ideas you have and whenever you have no clue what to write about just have a look in your little notebook.
3. Prepare your Posts
By preparing your posts, I mean writing them, at least, a day before you want to hit the publish button. You will not only be able to let your post sit for a while but also easily add, delete or alter things when you realise you’ve forgotten something. Since I started my blog I schedule each and every post. This helps a lot with the general organisation and is a huge stress reliever. By scheduling your posts, you are also able to take without any further difficulties one week off blogging and just enjoy for example your vacation.
4. Vault of backup posts
I’ve just recently published “Pre-writing Post”. This is very helpful for those days where you are too busy to sit down and write blog posts. I used to have quite a lot of backup posts but as soon university started I used them pretty fast up. However, whenever I have some spare time and I’m in the mood to write I try to come up with several backup posts.
5. Watch out for the highest traffic days
What I mean with this advice is, that you should try to post your more time-consuming posts on these days when you expect the highest traffic. Sparing those posts which you may think will get a lot of attention for those days with the most traffic helps to grow your blog a lot. By looking at your stats, you quickly see which days you should prefer. So for me, it could be totally different for you, but Mondays, Tuesday are the days where I get the most traffic. And on the weekends, I tend to publish less time-consuming posts.
6. Schedule Social Media
I first started using Buffer but soon I switched to Hootsuite. With those sites, you are able to schedule your tweets and also Facebook posts. I changed to Hootsuite because although it is free as well, you are able to schedule a lot more tweets. This is a really great way to keep the interaction going even if you are not on the social media for a day or two. It only takes up some time beforehand when you prepare all your tweets.
7. Take Breaks
This last but definitely not least advice is probably the most important one: Don’t wear yourself out by putting too much pressure on yourself. Don’t get stressed about not following your schedule. And if you do, then just remind yourself why you do all of this – you blog and write because you love it. And it definitely should never be an obligation.
What are your tips for organising your blog?